Denarius Caecilia: Lucius Caecilius Metellus; L•METEL•A•ALB•S•F / C•MALL ROMA

Features

Country Roman Republic (ancient) (Rome)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 96 BC
Value Denarius (1)
Currency Denarius of 10 Asses (221 – 141 BC)
Composition Silver
Weight 3.72 g
Diameter 18 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 66745
Numista (https://numista.com)
References RCV I# 220,
David R. Sear; 2000. Roman Coins and Their Values / Volume 1. The Republic and the Twelve Caesars 280 BC-AD 96. Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
RSC# 45,
Herbert A. Seaby, David R. Sear, Robert Loosley; 1978. Roman Silver Coins / Volume 1. The Republic to Augustus (3rd edition). Numismatic Fine Arts Intl, London, United Kingdom.
And 4 more volumes.
RSC# 46
Herbert A. Seaby, David R. Sear, Robert Loosley; 1978. Roman Silver Coins / Volume 1. The Republic to Augustus (3rd edition). Numismatic Fine Arts Intl, London, United Kingdom.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Laureate head of Apollo right, sometimes a star or a crescent below.
Two moneyers marks counterclockwise, one before and one behind.
Border of dots.

Lettering:
L•METEL
A•ALB•S•F

Translation:
Lucius Caecilius Metellus
Aulus Postumius S. f. Albinus

Reverse

Roma seated left on pile of shields, holding sword in left hand and spear in right hand, crowned by winged Victory standing behind.
Moneyer mark counterclockwise in left field with AL in monogram, ROMA in exergue.
Border of dots.

Lettering:
C•MALL
ROMA

Translation: Gaius Poblicius Malleolus

Comments

The gens Caecilia was a plebeian family at Rome. Members of this gens are mentioned in history as early as the fifth century BC, but the first of the Caecilii who obtained the consulship was Lucius Caecilius Metellus Denter, in 284 BC.

The gens Postumia was a patrician family, and as such always remained unadopted by any plebeian family. It was divided into several branches, the noblest of which, as recorded by name on Roman denarii, was the Albini.

The gens Poblicia was a plebian family, but of consular rank.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (-96)  Rome mint - RRC335/1a-c, CRR#611

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